Man sentenced to 65 years after pleading guilty to murder

(Photo supplied/Elkhart County Jail)

It’s 65 years in prison for a man who confessed to killing an Elkhart man one year ago this very week.

32-year-old Allen Sage, 32, admitted to murder in a plea agreement that saw two counts of child molesting in an unrelated criminal case dismissed, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.

While entering his plea, Sage acknowledged that the killing was not justified but said he thought he was protecting his father when he took aim and fired on Kenneth Black, 49.

Relatives of the victim spoke during the sentencing hearing. One of Black’s sisters said she will hate Sage for the rest of her life for stealing her brother from them.

Sage offered apologies, saying things should never have escalated so much.

The child molesting charges were filed against Sage after claims made by two girls under the age of 12.

The girls’ father supported the plea because he didn’t want them to have to testify in court and relive the experience.

Read more about the case from the original story published in The Elkhart Truth.

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